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Alec Baldwin has everything it takes to run for mayor -- except, perhaps, a filter. On Wednesday, the 30 Rock actor announced that he won't be pursuing his New York City mayoral run after all. And his reason is, well, colorful.
"I've lost my appetite," Baldwin said on his weekly podcast, Here's the Thing With Alec Baldwin. "Plus the people that are running for mayor -- I know this is terrible -- I look at them and I don't see myself in that crowd. They're like a guy on a date that you can tell he just can't wait to get his hand up your blouse before even the lights go out in the theater. They're all just so horny for it. Horny for their own ascension."
So it's not his recent public relations debacle with American Airlines, but his lack of horniness, that was the deciding factor. Only in New York, folks.
Baldwin also expressed gratitude for his current gig -- which is big, considering how often he's claimed to be retiring from acting.
"I've got a good job," Baldwin admitted. "Am I doing some edgy, like finely chiseled social drama? No. Am I doing To Kill a Mockingbird? No, I'm doing a sitcom. But we have fun, and it's a family and I live in New York and I've got a life -- it's been a great harbor for me in my life."
It's also a general cynicism about politics that's made him reconsider public office.
"(Would) I give up money and fame and position and success, give up this wonderful life I have now in exchange for the chance to really change things? Yeah, I'm not quite sure you can anymore," he said.
Baldwin, 53, has been talking about going into politics since 1997, when he told New York magazine that it was "something I want to do." Speculation kicked up when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was elected to a final term, leaving the position up for grabs in 2013. This past June, Baldwin's rep told the press that when it came to a mayoral run, he "wouldn't rule it out."
As fun as an Alec Baldwin election campaign would be, we're happy that he's planning to stick around 30 Rock a little longer. And maybe he'll even have time to make that "finely chiseled social drama"... after he finishes promoting Rock of Ages.